When the CF
went live in 2003, there were already a couple of very large Forums
Fortunatelty, the CruisersForum was blessed with a wonderfully ecclectic blend of founding members.
- Folk with interesting & intelligent questions.
- Folk with well thought out ansers.
- Some really nice human beings.
And a few that were all 3 (above).
As the Administrator of CruisersForum, for a few years, I had some influence in how the character of the Forum developed. In those early years, I applied two oner-riding principles.
1. We would ALWAYS treat each other with personal respect.
2. We should value INFORMATION above fraternity.
Among the very first issues that came under management debate, when we appointed a number of Moderators, was fraternity. It was (RIGHTFULLY) pointed out to me that fraternity was one of the most important features of a successful on-line community (virtually eveyone but I, understood this).
I've since learned that SHAREING (information. opinion, philosophy, and just plain chit-chat) aswe do here, breeds friendship. There are many folk, on this board, with whom I feel a deep bond of kinship. They've earned my love, affectiuon and admiration; through their selfless contribution of information, effort, and human presence!
There's people on this Form, I've never met (& may never) in whom I'd trust my life!
As my my arthitic hands turn to agonizing claws, as I type in the dark (I'm a "sight" typist), I wish I had the fortitude to continue. Athough I don't; I DO have many unexpressed thoughts about the many contributions, many members of CF have made to my life.
THANKS EVERYONE, for being who you are, and for exposing some of that on the CF.
My thanks also, to the Moderators who selflessly give, that we all may enjoy.
Love and regards to all my friends,